A middle school assembly might have seemed to be an odd place to have a drawing for a contest for children between the ages of 4 and 8.
"You are our future leaders," said Julian Miller, the president of The Augusta Chronicle, at the Richmond County Red Ribbon Tying Ceremony at Tubman Middle School on Friday. "You've got to prepare for the future. We want to help."
On Dec. 1, The Chronicle will begin accepting applications for the 9- to 12-year-old category in the Make Kids Count Scholarship Contest. The top prize is a $10,000 scholarship bond.
Friday's drawing narrowed the contest down to eight children, who are guaranteed some type of scholarship bond.
Since June 2003, when the contest started, The Chronicle and its sponsors have given $100,000 in scholarship bonds to children.
This is the second round of drawings for the 4- to 8-year-old group.
Children advancing to the next round are Jessica Norris, Kelsey Pearlman, Tremayne Butler, Moses Williams, Kayla Newman, Ryan Wilson, Abbigail Black and Holly Kendrick.
Other Make Kids Count sponsors are Dillards, Fat Man's, Georgia Bank & Trust, Knology, Scana, the Augusta Lynx, Augusta Lincoln Mercury, BWXT, Partners in Achievement and Platt's Funeral Home.
An application for the 9- to 12-year-old category will be in the Dec. 1 edition of The Chronicle.
For more information on the contest, go to www. augustachronicle.com.
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ROBERT CORLEY/specialRonnie Beard, principal of Tubman Middle School pulls names from the box for the $10,000 Scholarship for Kids Count Drawing.